Rodrygo double restores Real Madrid’s eight-point lead at top of La Liga

Rodrygo netted a goal in each half as Real Madrid secured a 2-0 home win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, cementing their position at the top of the La Liga table.

Rodrygo broke the deadlock after eight minutes, calmly curling the ball into the far corner after a composed run to the edge of the box, as the Bilbao defence failed to close down the Brazilian winger.

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In La Liga, Cristhian Stuani struck late for Girona who kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Real Betis.

Artem Dovbyk took his league goal tally to 16 overall this season after scoring a brace, the first a penalty, but Willian José’s double for Betis looked to have earned a draw until Stuani’s close-range finish secured three points.

Real Sociedad sit six points behind Atlético Madrid after Jon Pacheco Dozagarat’s goal earned a 1-0 win over Alavés, while Celta Vigo‘s clash with Rayo Vallecano finished goalless.

Ten-man Paris St Germain equalled the Ligue 1 record for the most consecutive away games without defeat after beating Marseille 2-0 in Le Classique.

They equalled Lyon’s record of 21 games set between March 2005 and April 2006 as second-half goals from Vitinha and Gonçalo Ramos secured victory for the visitors, who had Lucas Beraldo’s sent off in the first half. 

Brest remain 12 points behind leaders PSG after Romain Del Castillo struck late to beat strugglers Lorient 1-0 and they saw the game out with 10-men after substitute Billal Brahimi was sent off six minutes into stoppage time.

Strasbourg earned back-to-back league wins with two goals in two minutes from Marvin Senaya and Jeremy Sebas secured a 2-0 win over Rennes, while Nantes improved their survival hopes with a 2-1 win at Nice.

Vincent Sierro bagged a brace either side of Thijs Dallinga’s strike as Toulouse returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win against bottom club Clermont and two goals in eight minutes from Jordan Ferri and Christopher Jullien helped Montpellier earn a 2-0 win over Le Havre.

Deniz Undav scored a late equaliser for Stuttgart as they drew 3-3 with 10-man Heidenheim in the Bundesliga.

Augsburg‘s four-game winning run in the league came to an end as Davie Selke’s goal for Köln cancelled out Arne Maier’s opener.

The battle at the bottom of the table saw Darmstadt come from behind to draw 2-2 with Bochum

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In the 73rd minute, Rodrygo was played free on the wing by Jude Bellingham on a counterattack, giving him time and space to run into the box and guide the ball into the bottom corner.

Real have 75 points, eight ahead of Barcelona in second and 10 clear of third-placed Girona. Bilbao are fourth with 56 points.

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